India on Sunday registered 1,52,879 new coronavirus cases, data from the health ministry showed. The country’s overall count of infections since the pandemic broke out last March rose to 1,33,58,805. This is India’s biggest one-day rise in cases since the beginning of the pandemic, according to NDTV.
The toll went up to 1,69,275 with 839 more deaths in the last day. India’s tally of active cases stood at 11,08,087, while the number of recoveries reached 1,20,81,443. More than 10 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far.
From Sunday, India began a four-day vaccination festival despite complaints of shortages by several states. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called for the “tika utsav” on Thursday, during his meeting with chief ministers to discuss the coronavirus situation in India. “We should organise a vaccination festival from April 11 to 14 during which we should inoculate as many eligible people as possible and target zero wastage [of the vaccine],” Modi had said.
Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and several other states have stepped up efforts to double the number of vaccinations during the inoculation festival, NDTV reported.
Vaccine stock will last only three days: Telangana
Telangana on Saturday told the Centre that its vaccine stocks would last for only three more days, NDTV reported. The state asked the Centre to provide it 30 lakh vaccines for the next 15 days
Punjab and Delhi also told the Centre that they were grappling with shortages amid a surge in infections. Vaccine centres in several states, including Maharashtra, have been shutting early and turning people away due to a lack of supplies.
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Saturday accused the Narendra Modi government of mismanaging the coronavirus situation in the country. “It [government] has exported the vaccines and allowed a shortage to be created in India,” she said.
- Delhi on Saturday introduced a new set of coronavirus-related restrictions such as limiting the number of people at bars and restaurants and banning most public gatherings. The new rules will remain in force till April 30.
- Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday indicated that a lockdown might be imposed in the state as coronavirus continued to rise. Maharashtra registered 55,411 new coronavirus on Saturday, taking its total count of infections since March 2020 to 33,43,951. The state’s toll rose to 57,638, with 309 more deaths in the last day.